SEOUL, South Korea, Sept 1 ( – In a move sure to ignite the furor of the United Nations and other depopulation activists,  the Catholic Church in South Korea is encouraging parents to have at least three children.

The Vatican’s Fides News Agency reports that during a general assembly, the Family Committee of the archdiocese held 17th -16th July, it was decided that this was necessary in order “to promote a more prosperous society, with more children and more healthy children, in order to solve the problems we face today as a result of a low birth rate”.

According to UN statistics the birthrate in the country is far below replacement rate (2.1)  at 1.6. A Korean priest noted in the Fides report that 1.5 million abortions are committed in Korea every year.